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The Upgrade Thread

Discussion in 'New Forum Stuff' started by Ed, May 1, 2008.

  1. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Admin and all around good guy. Staff Member Administrator

    Or in this case, bleeding edge.
     
  2. tictactux

    tictactux Distinguished Member Distinguished Member

    <sigh>
    I've seen this coming. :rolleyes:
     
  3. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Well, here's the thing:

    I'm a member of another forum that's using 6-or-so year-old software. There's nothing (well, not enough) compelling in newer software that makes them want to upgrade, even though it'd be free. However, every few months, they get hit with new spambots or some other problem that knocks the forum offline.

    Hey, Windows 98 works just fine on my little Toshiba Libretto that I've repurposed as -- solely -- a network jack tester. I wouldn't trust it online, though.

    So, as long as there are security updates to the 3.x platform, I can't see a compelling reason to update. Additionally, using the other forum I mentioned as an example, I've not seen a problem with newer SQL or PHP versions (read: server stuff) that required you to update forum software that was already ON the server.

    In the past, we had a version of vBulletin that required a yearly fee to work. With that, I could easily see vBulletin saying, "You WILL be upgrading or we're turning your forum off." We now have a different license and we own the vBulletin software, so that's no longer an issue.

    I do think vBulletin 4.x has some worthy features, but I don't think they make up for all the problems 4.x has.
     
  4. tictactux

    tictactux Distinguished Member Distinguished Member

    Now imagine that - I own a piece of 6-or-so year-old software that uses a forty-six-or-so year-old operator...well I think I simply rest my case. :)
     
  5. Ed

    Ed Founder Staff Member Administrator

  6. tictactux

    tictactux Distinguished Member Distinguished Member

    Last weekend I had to blow the dust off my trusty TurboPascal in order to create some DOS (yes, DOS) hack. :)
     
  7. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Well, THAT certainly took awhile!

    * Full forum backup completed
    * Full website backup completed
    * Upgrade to the latest version of vBulletin 3 (3.8.7) completed

    Elapsed time: appx. 2.5 hours.

    Sorry for the delay, folks. It's generally been faster than this. The Intertubes must have been a bit clogged.

    If you see any problems, please post in the Forum Problem Reports thread.

    ===========

    On a completely random note, but I'm responding to a couple earlier posts, Windows 7 SP1 came out last month and, contrary to normal thinking, it did not have any new features.

    Internet Explorer 9 came out last month, as did updates for Firefox, Chrome and Safari. I do not have IE 9 installed on my "main" computers yet. That means if you have a problem with this forum when running IE 9, I might need a bit more time to research the problem because I'll have to get it installed, first!
     
  8. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    There's now a 3.8.7 pl1 available. I'm still on sabbatical, but I'll try to get this installed in the near future. It's a bug fix release.
     
  9. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Long time, no post. In this forum, at least.

    You can look in some of the above threads regarding the pain encountered with vBulletin 4. Since my last post, there have been dozens of updates to vBulletin 4, while we've had two or three for vBulletin 3.

    I haven't seen too many administrative pop-ups recently for vBulletin 4 -- I get them when I access the Admin page to approve new users 'n' stuff. Today, I found out why: vBulletin 5 is in beta-test stage. You can see a demo of it on the official vBulletin website.

    There's a good reason for me to mention this: the version of vBulletin we use, 3.8, has been end-of-life'd.

    To me, that means that I've gotta set up a 4.x testing forum again. I might get around to that when I've got a few vacation days next month.
     
  10. Steve

    Steve Clarinet CE/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    Hey, the new Ronco-WebMatic Browser version 1.0 works really good too.
    I can't wait for the advertisements for it to hit the tv screens soon !!
     
  11. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Like a bug hitting a windshield.
     
  12. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    It's next month and then some.

    I'm going to probably work on this project this upcoming weekend, because it's a semi-long one for me. Remember: it'll just be some test stuff. We won't be immediately switching.
     
  13. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    The first upgrade for vBulletin 4.2 in months is now available. I'll give it at least a week before installing.
     
  14. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Admin and all around good guy. Staff Member Administrator

  15. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    I seem not to have updated this thread in awhile. I just finished installing the vBulletin 4.2.2pl4 update. RSVP if you see any problems.

    Sorry for the lack of notice. This one was going to be done "as time permits" and it permitted today.
     
  16. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    I'm going to try to make time to install the vBulletin 4.2.3 update, today, Sunday, October 4. I did a full 'site backup on Wednesday.
     
  17. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Done. If you have any problems, please post in the Problem Reports thread or e-mail/PM me -- today only -- or one of the Admins.

    I will be going in to the dr. for a hernia repair operation, tomorrow. I'm assuming I'll be fairly medicated over the next several days.
     
  18. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Admin and all around good guy. Staff Member Administrator

    Thanks Pete, you rock! Good luck with the procedure tomorrow.
     
  19. Good luck with that. Hope all goes well.
    Tony F.
     
  20. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Thanks, Tony & Jim.

    I've been repaired. I feel a lot better than I did after a hernia operation I had appx. 20 years ago. I do have pain meds, but I only needed them last night (so far) and I feel more sore than in pain. I did sleep for 11 hours last night, too. Dr. said I could return to work 3-4 days after the operation, but I've taken the whole week off -- I've gotta use the vacation time, anyway. Follow up appointment on Friday.
     
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